05 Jun 2019
Our Bar Coding & Labelling Indabas were a definite highlight in this year’s Auto ID calendar, and an opportunity to bring together key figures from across the Bar Coding and Labelling worlds. Surprising insights, lively discussions and informative presentations all ensued. In this new blog, we look at some of our favourite innovations from the Indaba. If you were there, you’ll no doubt remember these as some of the highlights.
Our Bar Coding & Labelling Indaba included several presentations demonstrating how technology can bring added certainty and simplicity to everyday business processes. Misplaced packages cost businesses time and money, not to mention all the people hours that are used up in trying to find them.
Argox demonstrated their asset paging tags – a simple yet effective way of not just tracking the progress of packages through time and space, but of identifying them instantly in busy mailroom environments.
By affixing a paging tag to each package, it can be scanned and identified at any point – and the tag can be instructed to beep and flash, making spotting the package hassle-free.
Wristbands are a vital management tool at music festivals and other large crowd events, especially where audience segmentation is required. Wristbands enable festivalgoers to be instantly identified by category, and help security and other staff make quick decisions about who may pass certain check points.
When combined with QR codes, wristbands can be used to contain additional readable information, including storing value in cashless environments. However, generating unique wristbands can cause delays and frustration at entry points.
The new wristband printing application from Argox enables instant printing from printed tickets or digital tickets on smartphone screens. Faster processing of arrivals, no delays, and the music never stops.
Bartender used our Bar Coding and Labelling Indaba to showcase their enterprise labelling system, and demonstrate how its connectivity and central control of printing functions can save companies money (by controlling costs) and ensure standardization for regulatory compliance.
Bartender’s new design and database tools make light work of segmented printing, and of creating labels that not only catch the eye, but also contain all the required information. Rectifying non-compliance with company or legal requirements can be time-consuming and can cause reputational damage.
Central control plus an enviable degree of flexibility adds up to labelling solutions that are both comprehensive and adaptable – exactly what is required.
Brother – saving time, time after time
Brother focused in part on the role of mobile printers in supporting modern business processes. Integrated templates make designing labels and inserting images much easier than using coding, and result in more professional labels that look the part, and are fit for purpose.
Indeed, some of the most exciting advances we saw at the Bar Coding and Labelling Indabas were not so much to do with hardware, but software. Integration, apps and intuitive user interfaces were the order of the day. While accurate, legible labels are more important than ever, demands on people’s time are such that their creation needs to be as streamlined as possible.
Labels, after all are a key time-saving device: they convey complex information in a glance-friendly format, and allow unique identification of items from amongst many similar items. Making their design and production faster was always the next logical step.
Of course, hardware remains vital – and in some contexts it needs to be not merely hard, but tough with it. During the Indabas, CipherLab explained some of the features and uses of their rugged mobile computers.
Designed to survive the rigours of warehousing, retail and logistics scenarios, these devices are made from materials that can withstand drops and knocks. Ergonomic design features make them more comfortable to use, and less likely to be dropped in the first place.
Longer-range scanning capabilities, greater flexibility in scanning angles, easy-change and longer-lasting batteries and a range of accessories add up to an extremely useful package. The inherent time and cost-savings could just contribute to business survivability, too.
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